Textured Yarns Explored

Over the last couple of years in Italy I have seen lots and lots of textures and fabrics with character.  The look epitomized by the classic Chanel jacket seems to be the rage.  So, I have been importing many textured yarns with the intent of playing with them and see what can be done.  Well, all the best intentions have gone by the wayside, I am afraid.  My loom is currently only half dressed and I am not sure when I will be able to finally start weaving.  But I am very hopeful.  Some of the yarns are so interesting – particularly those that have multiple textures within a single yarn: you never know what will come next.

Through customers who have more time than me to experiment, I am discovering that some of the texture yarns I have do work well in the warp randomly interspersed with a normal, non-textured yarn.  A pleasant surprise: if you use a thick and thin yarn in the warp, the weft will have a deformed path giving the fabric an interesting natural movement.

A good example is this scarf by Charlene Kolb where she used one of my think and thin yarns in the warp.


I have played with a few texture yarns before, but only in the weft with some interesting results.


In this example, the texture yarn is a thin knitted tube interspersed with knitted squares in different colors.


In this case, the yarn is a knitted tube with thin and thick sections.  The thick sections are spaced evenly.  So, the yarn has a tendency to stack the thick elements.  To me, this can offer some interesting design possibilities.  Of course, the effect is very noticeable in this sample because I used the texture yarn very often (every 4 picks or so).  If interspersed more randomly, the effect would not be as noticeable.

The same yarn is very interesting when knitted as the thick elements tend to form a lattice pattern.